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tbaer
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Al Angello
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Not especially impressive.
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Wow tennis balls sure have shrunk and got a lot softer.
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That tennis ball sure looked a lot like a yellow sponge ball. I agree with Al's opinion.
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I think I already said that, but was trying to be more subtle.
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On 2007-09-09 04:17, sirbrad wrote:
I think I already said that, but was trying to be more subtle.

Obviously you did not do such a good job of communicating.

Not so sure this is a sponge ball though. Perhaps just a real one (hollowed out?) using monofilament.
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sirbrad
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I thought saying a yellow sponge ball was too obvious, hence the "shrunken" and gotten a lot "softer" comment. Not to mention avoiding "exposer" in more less obvious cases. Good habit to have. Hollowed out? Tennis balls are already hollow, except for compressed air. I have used the shells before.
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You are right sirbrad. I was not aware sponges come in that size and color. What do you think of the IT hookup?
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I can make out a little of the string. Using recording wire works for some of my gaffs like that, others sugest using a filament of nylon from a womans panty hose, with the right set up you can make it look good.
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It didn't look too bad. Not very impressive but not bad.
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This is better. And it really is "science" ... be sure to watch the video:

http://www.grand-illusions.com/acatalog/info_69.html
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This was posted somewhere else on the Café (I forget where) a couple of months back. $298.00 smackers!!!
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Not very impressive.
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Should have bought it- now it is $313 and going up. Better investment than my stocks!
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Grand Illusions is a fun site. I have found many smiles there.

The tennis ball is ok, albeit not spectacular. I like the tossing at the beginning but wish I could see some more tossing at the end. What tickled me the most were the comments. Will wonders never cease?
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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I wonder if a better presentation can rock this
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The effect went nowhere. Just a simple rise, and that is it. Would have been better if there had been some kind of plot involved.

But the kids seemed impressed..... ("simple things fascinate simple minds")
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I think that using Steve Fearson's aproach would have given it more movement maiking it more lively, less static, as here it is clear that the ball hangs from somewhere.
And I agree with dafydoug, it takes a plot would also improve on it.
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